Joy In A Leather Jacket

Of the compact 35mm film cameras I've tried in the last few years, many have given decent results, but only one has combined quality images with genuine pocketability, and close enough (for me) focus. That camera is the Olympus Mju 1 (or µ[mju:]-1), aka the Stylus in some territories.  Well, I say only one camera. In… Continue reading Joy In A Leather Jacket

The Minimalist Dream

Currently I'm thinning down my camera collection, and it's smaller than it's been in a couple of years.  I experience an ongoing internal tussle between the photographer who wishes to evolve and to do so feels he needs a very small, focused kit, and the camera collector that loves trying new (old) cameras at the rate of… Continue reading The Minimalist Dream

Mju Little Beauty

Olympus made more than a few of the Olympus Mju 1, or to give it its full name, µ[mju:]-1, and over the last four years, I've had three of them. The first two I enjoyed using but struggled to get any memorable pictures from them, and ended up selling them off, greatly disappointed. My third example… Continue reading Mju Little Beauty

Last Three Standing

Feeling somewhat overwhelmed recently by the extent of the cameras I've amassed, I've been thinking about the "rip it up and start again" approach. If I lost all my cameras in a fire or flood, which three would I seek to replace first? After surprisingly little thought (approximately 30 seconds) the candidates were obvious. Here… Continue reading Last Three Standing

The Smiling Camera

Not one for endless analysis, poring over the fine detail of tech specs, or pixel peeking, I prefer to judge a camera's worth (and whether I keep it or not) by my response to two simple questions -  1. Does it make me smile when I'm using it? 2. Does it make me smile when… Continue reading The Smiling Camera